Howell Michael Lee

Former area resident Michael Lee “Mike” Howell, 51, died Sept. 23, 2014. He died as a result of an automobile accident, where he was a passenger, west of Longview, Wash.

He was born Feb. 16, 1963, in Lancaster, Calif., to Michael and Elaine (Schuller) Howell. As a young boy, his family moved to Washington, eventually settling in the Maple Valley/Kent area. He married his high school sweetheart, Stephanie Pope, on Dec. 22, 1984, and they had four children. They divorced on Dec. 23, 1999, and he married Rebecca O’Crotty on July 22, 2006. He spent most of his adult life in and around Enumclaw, until January of this year, when he and his wife moved to Cathlamet, Wash. He was naturally artistic and captured many of the things he loved in oil paintings and drawings. He also was musically talented, playing the guitar and writing his own music. He was a carpenter and a craftsman, enjoying woodworking of all kinds from home construction to cabinet making.

He is survived by wife Rebecca Howell of Enumclaw; parents Michael Howell (Kim) of Cathlamet and Elaine Ornelaz (Sol) of Tacoma; daughters Nicolette Holland (Matthew) of Maple Valley and Madaline Howell and Emily Howell, both of Kent; son Samuel Howell of Kent; stepson Sean O’Crotty of Enumclaw; three grandchildren and five siblings.

Cremation has taken place under the direction of Funeral and Cremation Care of Vancouver, Wash. A memorial gathering is planned for noon to 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 7, at the Green River Eagles No. 1490, 32618 Railroad Ave. in Black Diamond.